London: Robert Barker and Assigns John Bill, 1603. Quarto. Item #022064
Black letter. Double column. [Herbert 273] Both title pages and colophon bear the words "Printer to the Queenes...."Maiestie. The leaf after the general title is signed & para; iij . Bound with: Two Right Profitable and Fruitfull Concordances... collected by R. F. H. London: Robert Barker, 1603 and The Whole Booke of Psalmes collected into English Meetre by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins and others London, printed by John Daye, 1603, (marginal corner repair to G4) While the text ends on "A Prayer and music and stating finis, there is another text page on the verso which had been stuck to one of the rear blanks. We have not determined what this page consist of nor of its relevance. At the beginning of the reign of King James I, the Geneva Bible was the best and most popular translation; in fact, there was a move to making it an official version for the reign; however, the radical religious and political marginal notes made it unacceptable. Since both this and the less successful Bishop’s Bible had texts that had crept into the Book of Common Prayer, it gave the King sufficient reason to begin the project in 1604 that led to the 1611 King James version.. Bound in full brown polished calf ruled in blind, corner flourishes in blind, raised bands, compartments stamped in blind, title gilt, all edges red, marbled endpapers, upper margins trimmed a bit close. A very handsome copy with an early ink doodle to first blank. This is one of the cleanest early bibles we have come across with no foxing, toning, or major repairs except the small corner noted above.